Virgil on the Nature of Things by Monica R. Gale
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Virgil on the Nature of Things
By Monica R. Gale

Virgil on the Nature of Things

The Georgics, Lucretius and the Didactic Tradition

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Virgil on the Nature of Things by Monica R. Gale

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The Georgics has for many years been a source of fierce controversy among scholars of Latin literature. Is the work optimistic or pessimistic, pro- or anti-Augustan? Should we read it as a eulogy or a bitter critique of Rome and her imperial ambitions? This book suggests that the ambiguity of the poem is the product of a complex and thorough-going engagement with earlier writers in the didactic tradition: Hesiod, Aratus and - above all - Lucretius. Drawing on both traditional, philological approaches to allusion, and modern theories of intertextuality, it shows how the world-views of the earlier poets are subjected to scrutiny and brought into conflict with each other. Detailed consideration of verbal parallels and of Lucretian themes, imagery and structural patterns in the Georgics forms the basis for a reading of Virgil's poem as an extended meditation on the relations between the individual and society, the gods and the natural environment.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521028967
ISBN-10: 0521028965
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Monica R. Gale

Oxford Readings in Lucretius by Monica R. Gale Oxford Readings in Lucretius, Paperback (September 2007)

A collection of important scholarly articles on the Roman poet Lucretius, whose philosophical epic, the De Rerum Natura or On the Nature of the Universe (c.55 BC), seeks to convince its readers of the validity of the rationalist theories of Epicurus. An Introduction contextualizes the essays, and all Greek and Latin is translated.

Myth and Poetry in Lucretius by Monica R. Gale Myth and Poetry in Lucretius, Paperback (May 2007)

Assesses Lucretius' aims and methodology by considering his attitude to myth and its role in the De Rerum Natura.

Virgil on the Nature of Things by Monica R. Gale Virgil on the Nature of Things, Hardback (November 2000)

This book explores the relationship between the Georgics and earlier works in the didactic tradition.

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